Labour MP Karen Buck has told the House of Commons that she wants the 90-day limit for renting out homes each year to be enforced, since illegal sub-letters and property magnates are using Airbnb and other home sharing platforms to make tax-free cash, putting a strain on housing stock, local residents, and cash-strapped councils dealing with anti-social behaviour.

Numbers of short-term lets have risen by 126% in London, with Edinburgh, Manchester, Brighton and Bristol following the trend, since 2015. According to Westminster Council a two-bed flat can earn £1,800 a week via Airbnb, compared with £620 for a short hold tenancy; but proving a property is let for more than three months in a year is cumbersome for enforcement officers.

The Short and Holiday Let Accommodation Bill has cross-party support, but is unlikely to become law without backing from the government.

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